Thailand’s Covid-19 Deaths Surpass 1,000

BANGKOK (May 30): The cumulative number of deaths from Covid-19 in Thailand today surpassed 1,000, as the kingdom steps up efforts to combat a third wave of infections, especially in construction workers’ camps in Bangkok.

Over the last 24 hours, Thailand recorded 4,528 new Covid-19 cases and 24 fatalities, bringing the total infections in the kingdom to 154, 307 and 1,012 deaths to date.

Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) assistant spokesperson Dr Apisamai Srirangsan said the new fatalities involved 13 women and 11 men aged between 38 and 86 years old including 14 in Bangkok, Nonthaburi (three), Chon Buri (two) and one each in Chiang Mai, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Suphan Buri and Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Of 4,528 new cases, she said 4,501 were local transmissions including 1,902 cases in prisons and 27 imported cases.

To halt the spread of Covid-19 in the capital, she said health authorities will conduct active case detection at wet markets and construction workers’ camp.

“There are about 409 construction workers’ camp in all districts in Bangkok, operated by 134 construction companies. In each construction camp, possibly the number of construction workers could reach 1,000.

“From June 1 to 10, relevant authorities will conduct on-site inspection at 30 construction workers’ camp in Bangkok on environmental standard and sanitation measurers, as well as collecting saliva samples of construction workers for Covid19 tests,” she said at Covid-19 daily briefing here today.

Meanwhile, Apisami urged Thais in Malaysia who wish to return home following a total lockdown on the social and economic sectors for 14 days beginning Tuesday in the neighbouring country to do so via checkpoints,in bid to halt the spread of Covid-19.

“We never refuse to let them back in but we hope they will come back through checkpoints,” she said quoting Bangkok Post.

Thailand has tightened border controls after detecting South African variant stemming from illegal border crossings earlier this month.

Thailand has detected its locally-transmitted South African Covid-19 variant with the index case being a 32-year-old Thai businessman from Tak Bai, Narathiwat, who was visited by family members from a neighbouring state in Malaysia.


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